GUWAHATI: CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore in collaboration with Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) conducted a skill development training programme on value addition on fruits, vegetables & spice processing on Monday. It will continue till February 19 at the Institute of Cooperative Management, Guwahati.
This program is sponsored by APEDA and is aimed to benefit young entrepreneurs and exporters of Assam involved in food processing sector by providing technical knowledge, both theoretical and hands on expertise through practical sessions.
APEDA has identified food processing and value addition as one of the focus areas for promotion of processed food products from the region as exports of perishables is a challenge and exports will be viable if it is backed by food processing and adding value to it. In this regard, APEDA is working closely with repute institution such as CFTRI, IIFPT for skill development programme in food processing and value addition. A similar programmewas conducted in Imphal, Manipur and successfully concluded in January 2021. Various such programs are planned to be conducted for other north eastern states as well.
Shree Akash Deep, Commissioner & Secretary Agriculture, Government of Assam inaugurated the event as chief guest while the guest of honour, Pankaj Pathak, Authority member, APEDA and Dr Kh Somorendra Singh, guest of honour were present, stated a press release.